Copyright is an essential tool in the spread of new ideas, and the workplace has become ground zero for infringement. Ask employees up and down the corporate hierarchy, and they’ll tell you that whisking information electronically to co-workers is integral to their jobs. Their employers will emphatically agree. But unauthorized swaps of information also carry enormous potential risk: Ordinary office exchanges, so natural to the digital world, can easily violate the copyright rights of others and bring costly lawsuits or settlements. Now the same technology that has dramatically defined the Internet age is drawing a new roadmap to compliance, with software tools that simplify adherence to copyright requirements.
How many times have you wondered how to do a task or work with software? You feel wonderful once you have found a colleague who could share their “know-how” about how to complete that task more efficiently or how to implement an applications that does not have a manual that makes sense to you. Lorette S.J. Weldon focuses on four factors to consider when you want to share your knowledge on your own: cost; timing; equipment and global presentation.
Lorette S.J. Weldon examines how SharePoint is used within the library to facilitate the coordination of collaboration, capturing and organizing “corporate” knowledge, and organizing digital content. She also reviews the results from her survey, “SharePoint Usage in the Library” which demonstrated how librarians could program their department’s SharePoint site without code.
Carol A. Watson discusses how effective project management requires considerable thought and preparation before actually initiating the work of the project. Although many of us are eager to jump into the tasks related to a project, it is important to remember that careful planning will provide the groundwork for a successful project outcome. Carol reminds us, “Remember, it takes time to save time,” and she will be writing on this overall topic in forthcoming issues of LLRX.com
From the perspective of several decades in the profession, Mary Whisner provides advice and specific data on what new law librarians should know about salaries, career opportunities, job responsibilities and challenges.
Carol A. Watson’s article addresses how most communications and scholarship are born digital and often scattered across various servers and hard drives. She proposes that librarians have a unique opportunity to take a leadership role in organizing and preserving digital information, and details how colleagues can collect the intellectual output of their respective institutions.
Heather A. Phillips reviews William Ian Miller’s, Eye for an Eye, in which he closely examines the ties between the literal realism of “an eye for an eye”, and notions of honor and redemption.
Claire M. Germain presents an overview of the public policy issues surrounding digital libraries, and discusses the impact of globalization and the Internet on international and foreign law information, the free access to law movement and open access scholarship, mass digitization projects, and preservation of born digital legal information.
Kara Phillips reviews the top ten deal breaking components in license agreements, including: authorized users, damages, indemnification, perpetual access, pricing, privacy, multi-site licensing, and remote access.
Roger V. Skalbeck and Iva M. Futrell address issues raised with acquiring digital collections, including a discussion of two legal-specific digitization projects available to any sector that wants to acquire them, including firms, courts and universities.